The Other Place and a Modern/Classic Bloodbath | Steven Suskin

February 25, 2015 1:44 PM

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The Other Place and a Modern/Classic Bloodbath | Steven Suskin

The nether realm, as constructed in Jennifer Haley's eighty-minute drama The Nether at MCC, is a demon world of evil and imagination. At least, one hopes it's imagination, as the realm in question is--well, here I think I need spill the beans, so if you don't want the beans spilled don't read on although the playwright does tell us one minute in that the bad guy is being charged with repetitive acts of solicitation, rape, sodomy and murder.

The play seems to take place in some futuristic time, since the villain has a secret garden--decidedly not like Frances Hodgson Burnett's--in which he has planted an actual, live, rare poplar sapling. In this futuristic online nether-realm, Papa (Frank Wood) has an 1880 Gothic revival mansion where ...

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